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WILLIAN is officially an Arsenal player after the club unveiled the former Chelsea man on a free transfer.

And another Kia Joorabchian client, Philippe Coutinho, may also be on his way after the agent confirmed he wants a Premier League move.

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip from North London here…

  • MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    It was a momentous day for Gunners supporters after their club finally sealed the signing of Willian on a three-year deal following the Brazilian’s Chelsea departure.

    Upon his arrival at the Emirates, he told his new club’s official website: “I decided [to join] because Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. They have a new project with Mikel Arteta.

    “I think this club deserves to shine again and I want to be a part of this project – to be a part of the Arsenal family is amazing. I'm very happy to do that.

    “I come to try to win trophies, because this club deserves to win again, and I think you have to do the best as possible to win every game.”

    One man that won’t be arriving in North London, however, is Joelson Fernandes, after his agent Kia Joorabchian rubbished rumours.

    He told talkSPORT: “Today I read something about Joelson Fernandes, that Arsenal made an offer.

    “He’s young, phenomenal talent, but we’ve never spoken about him to Arsenal.

    “I’ve probably seen like 25 articles about him and Arsenal and it’s so untrue. I’ve never mentioned him to Arsenal.”

    Meanwhile, FA Cup hero Emi Martinez has revealed that TEN clubs have registered an interest in him since his heroics.

    He told Marca: “I want to stay at Arsenal, but if I play more minutes.

    “Because on a personal level, I have an age, I am in a game confidence that I need to add as many minutes as possible.

    “I am in the sights of ten teams in Europe. But I can’t say who those clubs are, because it’s nothing concrete.”

  • ICYMI – WHAT'S LEFT IN THE ARSENAL?

    Arsenal have completed the free transfer signing of Willian but fear they could miss out on their other top targets, writes Mark Irwin.

    Hopes of other quick deals are fading for Mikel Arteta as he tries to launch a major overhaul of his squad.

    Atletico Madrid are refusing to lower their £45million asking price for Thomas Partey after Italian Champions Juventus joined the chase for the Ghanaian midfielder.

    The Gunners are also in danger of missing out on Lille centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes, who looks to be heading to Napoli if the Italians sell Kalidou Koulibaly to Manchester City. And they have not made any progress in talks with Real Madrid to extend Dani Ceballos’ loan deal after the player returned to Spain last week.

    Arsenal are still trying to offload a number of squad players including Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis and Mohamed Elneny to raise funds.

    But unless they can be sold quickly Arteta could be forced to lower his sights in terms of potential new recruits.

  • COUT ME IN

    Rumoured Arsenal and Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian has admitted that his client wants to return to the Premier League.

    He told talkSPORT: “At the moment, with Coutinho he’s so focused on getting through the next stage of the Champions League

    “The club that owns him, against the club he’s playing for. He’s in a massive situation. After the Champions League is finished, then we will sit down.

    “I haven’t even spoken to him about it, actually. He loves the Premier League, He wants to come to the Premier League.

    But the finances and the numbers and the situation of COVID are all going to play a big part. He is a big player with big numbers.”

  • JUVE GOTTA BE KIDDING

    Juventus are interested in signing Alexandre Lacazette this summer, according to reports.

    The Frenchman experienced an up-and-down 2019-20 campaign, having not been guaranteed his place in the starting XI.

    And according to DiMarzio, he could be off to Italy, with Champions Juventus hoping to prise him from the Gunners.

  • ED OVER HEELS

    Arsenal technical director Edu has spoken of the process the Gunners are currently going through in “rebalancing” their squad – starting with today's acquisition of Willian.

    He said: “We tried to create a better balance in the squad but we know that takes time to balance the squad the way me and Mikel want to. To balance properly, we need to sell players, to buy players and that takes time, not just day and night.

    “It will take time but with Willian, we've started a big process.We've identified the needs in the squad and he's the one to start to rebalance the squad as we want to.

    “I am really excited and really happy to have a player like Willian because I'm convinced he'll be the one to impact the team straight away.

    “That, for me, is the most important one because I think the squad needed a player like Willian to help them, to be with the guys, helping in all senses. That's why I'm so excited.”

  • RAY OF HOPE

    Arsenal legend Ray Parlour is delighted by his former club's acquisition of Willian on a free transfer.

    He told talkSPORT: “He's been brilliant for Chelsea and I'm sure the Chelsea fans will have been delighted with his form over the years. I think it's a good signing for Arsenal

    “He will give the goals from midfield that they are probably lacking at the moment. It's all about performances, you can go back to Virgil van Dijk when he went to Liverpool, people were saying it's too much for a centre-half but look at the performances.

    “Nobody mentions it now because he's been so important for them winning the league and winning the Champions League. It's all about performances on the pitch, money shouldn't come into it.

    “Arsenal's logic is, they're going to pay him £10m-a-year, but that sort of player would demand a lot more if you were going to go and buy someone, so in that respect it's not a bad deal.”

  • FER GOODNESS SAKE

    Agent Kia Joorabchian has rubbished reports linking his client Joelson Fernandes to Arsenal.

    He told talkSPORT: “Today I read something about Joelson Fernandes, that Arsenal made an offer.

    “He’s young, phenomenal talent, but we’ve never spoken about him to Arsenal.

    “I’ve probably seen like 25 articles about him and Arsenal and it’s so untrue. I’ve never mentioned him to Arsenal.”

  • PAT ON THE BACK

    Arsenal clinched the signing of Willian earlier today, and if he can make even half the impact that this previous August 14 acquisition made, then Arsenal fans are in for a treat…

  • WIL'S POWER

    Former England star John Barnes has admitted that he is surprised by Chelsea's decision to allow Willian's contract to run down.

    Following the Brazilian's move to Arsenal, Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “He’s a player who has done really well for Chelsea this year and for some reason his contract has been allowed to run down.

    “He’s 31, but he’s still fit, and he’s got great quality. He has the right attitude every time I've seen him play.”

  • LOSING THE WIL

    Former Liverpool star David Thompson believes that Willian has shown a lack of ambition in swapping Chelsea for Arsenal.

    The 42-year-old tweeted: “Disappointed in Willian signing for Arsenal when you look at Chelsea’s ambition for next season.

    “Surely [he] had higher aspirations than Arsenal.

    “Surprised Liverpool didn’t have a bite for him, a truly gifted athlete even at 30 years’ old.”

  • WHAT'S LEFT IN THE ARSENAL?

    Arsenal have completed the free transfer signing of Willian but fear they could miss out on their other top targets, writes Mark Irwin.

    Hopes of other quick deals are fading for Mikel Arteta as he tries to launch a major overhaul of his squad.

    Atletico Madrid are refusing to lower their £45million asking price for Thomas Partey after Italian Champions Juventus joined the chase for the Ghanaian midfielder.

    The Gunners are also in danger of missing out on Lille centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes, who looks to be heading to Napoli if the Italians sell Kalidou Koulibaly to Manchester City. And they have not made any progress in talks with Real Madrid to extend Dani Ceballos’ loan deal after the player returned to Spain last week.

    Arsenal are still trying to offload a number of squad players including Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis and Mohamed Elneny to raise funds.

    But unless they can be sold quickly Arteta could be forced to lower his sights in terms of potential new recruits.

  • ARSENAL'S NEW WAGE LIST

    Here is how their pay structure stacks up after the addition of Willian.

  • OZIL WAGES

    Here is Mesut Ozil's salary and how it breaks down.

  • 'IL FEELING

    Arsenal have reportedly been left furious by Mesut Ozil’s decision to publicly air his grievances at the club.

    The Daily Mail claim the Gunners are particularly angry that the midfielder broke ranks to defend his decision to reject a pay cut.

    The club’s highest-paid player, on £350,000-per-week, was slated after he refused to take a 12.5 per cent cut in April.

    The German star was one of just three Arsenal players to reject the club’s proposal.

    Yet Ozil has now insisted he did not sign on the dotted line as it was “far too quick” to make such an important decision.

    The 31-year-old is said to infuriated Arsenal by hinting that his choice may be why Mikel Arteta stopped selecting him for the team.

  • MART MOVE

    Emiliano Martinez claims TEN clubs are looking at him following his brilliant end to the season.

    The stand-in Arsenal stopper replaced the injured Bernd Leno in June and capped an impressive cameo by helping the Gunners beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final earlier this month.

    Martinez, 27, has already warned he’s not prepared to play second fiddle when the German returns next season.

    The Argentine told Marca: “I want to stay at Arsenal, but if I play more minutes.

    “Because on a personal level, I have an age, I am in a game confidence that I need to add as many minutes as possible.

    “I am in the sights of ten teams in Europe. But I can’t say who those clubs are, because it’s nothing concrete.”

  • GOT YOUR NUMBER

    Willian will wear the No12 jersey at Arsenal.

  • ROMA RUMOURS

    Arsenal are ready to swap Lucas Torreira for Roma’s defensive midfielder Amadou Diawara.

    The out-of-favour Uruguayan could move to the Serie A club, following in Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s steps, with the Gunners ready to do a trade for the Guinea international, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.

    The middle man, 23, is currently under contract at the Stadio Olimpico until 2024.

    Roma signed Diawara from Napoli a year ago, who in turn recruited him from Bologna in 2016.

  • SMILER

    This is the selfie every Arsenal fan wanted to see.

  • WILLIAN WANTS TROPHIES

    Willian has revealed why he decided to join Arsenal.

    The 32-year-old said: “I’m very excited to become an Arsenal player – I can't wait to start training and playing with my team-mates.

    “I decided [to join] because Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. They have a new project with Mikel Arteta.

    “I think this club deserves to shine again and I want to be a part of this project – to be a part of the Arsenal family is amazing. I'm very happy to do that.

    “I come to try to win trophies, because this club deserves to win again, and I think you have to do the best as possible to win every game.

    “I always train hard and go on the pitch giving 100 per cent to help this team to win games and to win titles as well.”

  • MIKEL ARTETA ON WILLIAN

    The Arsenal boss said: “I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us.

    “We have been monitoring him for the past few months, we had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions [and] he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility, he can play in three or four different positions.

    “He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still have the ambition to come here and contribute to bring the club where it belongs.

    “I have been really impressed with all the talks I have had with him and how much he wanted to come.”

  • HERE HE IS

    Willian is in the red shirt and white sleeves.

    What do we think, Gunners fans, good signing or average?

  • BREAKING

    Arsenal have completed the signing of Willian after the Brazilian left Chelsea.

  • BUILDING FOR REGS

    Arsenal have joined Chelsea in the chase for Sevilla’s Sergio Reguillon, who is on loan from Real Madrid, according to reports.

    The 23-year-old left-back has emerged as one of the Blues’ top targets since Leicester slapped an £80million price tag on Ben Chilwell’s head.

    According to AS, Mikel Arteta is also interested in the Real Madrid-owned full-back.

    Sevilla are set to play Manchester United in their Europa League semi-final on Sunday, after beating Wolves in the quarter-finals.

    Arsenal already have a difficult situation with one of Real Madrid’s players, as the Gunners hope Dani Ceballos is staying next season, preferably on loan.

  • WILLIANAIRE

    Arsenal are set to pay Willian £220,000-a-week, it's claimed.

    The staggering sum puts the club at risk of a backlash having just made 55 staff redundant.

    The former Chelsea player, who became a free agent at the end of the season, is on the verge of completing his move to Arsenal.

    The Mail report that the 32-year-old's huge weekly wage is made up of a signing on fee, loyalty payments and other bonuses.

    It works out at around £11.4million a year, and a total of £34m over the course of the three year contract.

    The report adds that there will be an option for a fourth year.

    With a deal expected to go through this weekend, it'll come hot on the heels of the club announcing a flood or redundancies.

  • THE THICK OF IT

    The new football season will be the most hectic in history, writes DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    Premier League, FA and Carabao Cup dates werereleased yesterday as part of an eight-month coronavirus-enforced fixture pile-up.

    It means:

    • Almost a third of all Prem fixtures will be crammed into December and January.
    • Four rounds of the Carabao Cup are to be played before the end of September.
    • Tottenham face playing Europa League and Carabao Cup games in 48 hours.
    • But FA Cup replays have been scrapped to try to ease congestion.

    Fans will finally be allowed to return to stadiums next month — but the Government will cap the number allowed inside and supporters may be banned from singing for fear of spreading the killer Covid-19 bug.

    The new Prem season kicks-off onSeptember 12, concluding on May 23, with the Champions League and Europa League finals to be played in thefollowing week.

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